They really like Lorelei's poetry project for school based on e.e. cummings' poem, "little tree."
Although we found out quickly through e-mail that Bailey was accepted to Texas Tech, the official letter and welcome package came a week or so later. He also received a letter, with a merit scholarship offer for academics! He is thrilled to be a Red Raider!
December means holiday concerts. Jonas tied for 1st chair violins. Stinker never even practices!
We had a couple Christmas parties this year. Lorelei's the only one who still has school parties. Nana was able to join her for the festivities.
John and I cleaned up and headed out for a lovely 5th grade team dinner party. Nothing better than yummy food and friends.
Savannah was my shopping buddy this year. It was wonderful to spend time together, just her and I. We got all our shopping done in one, very long day! Thank goodness for generous students and gift cards. We were gone so long we had to have two meals out!
Christmas Eve crept up quickly. Nana outdid herself again, with a delicious spread of goodies and special gifts. The kids always say, Christmas Eve at my mom and dad's, is their favorite night of the year.
Christmas morning is so much calmer these days. No one wakes up at the crack of dawn. They are excited, but love their sleep too. It wasn't a huge Christmas. There were gifts, but I have found as the kids get older, there's less under the tree. They need less, they want less, and are just as happy.
Gifts from Santa are always extra special.
Lorelei was thrilled that Santa brought her an American Girl Doll, MaryEllen from the 1950's...her very first one. She played all day long with her.
We had a quiet day. Everyone really enjoyed playing with their new toys or video games. Savannah and I cracked opened some "bubbly" (sparkling apple cider) to accompany our movies! We curled up all afternoon watching movies.
The day after Christmas the girls and I headed out to take care of Christmas returns and exchanges. Not too many...but enough to make a Starbucks stop necessary!
Yesterday John and I celebrated our 21st wedding anniversary. Lorelei made us sleep in. We could hear the clinking and smell something cooking. Lorelei was hard at work, by herself, making us an anniversary breakfast. She is so sweet and thoughtful.